I admit it: I received a generous Amazon.com gift certificate for my birthday, and it is burning a hole in my pocket. The timing is actually quite fortuitious, as I have a vacation scheduled for next month, and my plan is to leave all manuscripts at home and bring only published books by people I have been wanting to read.
This is where I would like to ask my readers for recommendations, as (try as I might) I simply cannot keep up with everything that is going on in the genre. Whether you are a writer or a reader, I would appreciate your clicking on the "Comments" button below and recommending a recent favorite to me. Here are the types of recommendations I would appreciate most:
*Of course, I will always give first choice to books published by small or independent presses.
*I would prefer to read books by writers who are relatively new to the game, with, say, no more than two or three books published to date.
Since others will likely be reading these recommendations as well, may I ask that you also mention the "type" of book it is (cozy, hard-boiled, etc.) and a general assessment of the type of reader who will like the book, and those who will not? For example: "People who are comfortable with very hard-boiled will enjoy this new Andrew Vachss book, but it would not be a good choice for people who don't like to read stories about child abuse and depravity." Or "This is a great book for escapist entertainment, with a terrific story and plot, but it wouldn't be good for someone who wants very deep characterization."
Writers are welcome to recommend their own books here, as well; but I ask that you specify early in your recommendation/description that you are the writer.
If I find anything stellar or noteworthy, I will be sure to blog about it in the future.